Just pick one.
Someone reached out asking for help. A victim of the online photography world where gear reviewers preach the gospel of new. If I can only get “X” then I’ll be able to do “Y.” But often, what “Y” actually is, remains unknown. The cart before the horse. What is good? What is a story? What time and resources are required? These questions get pushed back and back and back while what was new is no longer so. The race begins again.
I love ink. Maybe if I had a new set of fancy ink I’d finally be able to make something great. The only problem with this theory is that getting new inks doesn’t solve the issue of my lack of drawing ability. So give me ink, give me pastels, give me the best pens the world can supply and I still don’t know how to draw. Whether it be running, cycling, photography, or any other pursuit, at some point you are left with the result of your effort and those results will work or they won’t. Does it matter what I run in? Does it matter what material my bike frame is made from? No.
I don’t know a single good photographer who changes their gear on a yearly basis. Good photographers work with gear that no longer requires much thought because they know how difficult it is to make great work and anything that gets in the way isn’t helpful. People who talk gear are amateurs. Talking about gear is easy. Far easier than making something original. Heck, making something original might take years and come with layer upon layer of failure, which looks really bad on an online feed.
If you are watching films with long slow pans of cameras and film and menus then just stop doing that. If you are watching films with thumbnails of camera bodies then stop doing that. Gear-centric talk and gear-centric channels aren’t even close to the top of the list when it comes to harmful content online, especially these days when online platforms are responsible for things like genocide, but if watching these channels is holding you back, either mentally or physically, then technically you could call these channels harmful. (Not to mention the e-waste created by these relentless releases and marketing strategies.)
Whatever camera you have right now is the only one you need especially if you are still learning photography. Find something that feels right and then go take a decade and practice. Stop sharing every moment, stop posting and stop watching. (This channel included.) Go work.